Fountain  Means

          William Means, a citizen of North Carolina more than a century ago, left three sons,  Fountain,  Alexander  and  Robert, all of whom caught the western fever in early manhood and became emigrants to the Northwest Territory when it was formed into states.  Alexander reached Shelby county about 1824, and Robert came in about 1828.  Fountain left his Carolina home in 1820, made the overland trip to Indiana and located for a stay of four years at Madison.  In 1826 he came to Shelby county, entered eighty acres of government land in Moral township, near Brookfield, and set himself to the task of rescuing it from the primeval forest with which it was covered.  Later he added one hundred and sixty acres more, put up a log cabin and went through the trials and struggles incident to life in the wilderness.  When these brothers died, Fountain owned four hundred acres, while the others had one hundred acres each.  Fountain married  Letta Edwards, also a native of North Carolina, who shared his ventures, his failures and successes as a devoted wife until called away by death in 1849.  He survived her many years, not answering the final summons until 1865.  Of their twelve children all have passed away except three:  Eleanor married  Thomas Parrish;  Martha  married  Benjamin Dake;  Elizabeth married  James Folden;  Seeley  and  Lucinda (twins) died young;  NehemiahEmeline  married  Robert Brown;  William;  James Madison, a resident of Shelbyville;  Robert resides in Van Buren township;  Fountain  and  Hardin.
History of Shelby County Indiana,  by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A.  Assisted by well known local talent.  Illustrated
Transcribed by: Cindy Jones

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